According to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, Crohn’s disease is a chronic condition that affects 1.4 million Americans annually, with most patients diagnosed before the age of 30. It is a class of inflammatory bowel disease that can cause loose stools and abdominal pain.
- 5-20% of Crohn’s disease patients have a parent or child with the condition, so family history increases risk.
- 20% of patients were found to have a mutation of a gene in their bodies, also leading to a genetic risk factor.
- Smokers are twice as likely to develop the condition.
- Crohn’s disease affects men and women equally, but people aged 15-30 are at a higher risk because the incidence is greater at this age.
While physicians may suggest lifestyle changes to manage symptoms, 70% of people with Crohn’s disease will require surgery. Unfortunately, surgery is not a cure, but removing the affected parts of the intestines or bowel can be very successful at treating and managing symptoms.
If a patient had surgery to treat Crohn’s disease, they are:
- 50% more likely to be in remission or only have mild symptoms for at least 5 years.
- 40% more likely to go without relapse for one year.
At West Valley Colon & Rectal Surgery Center, our physicians do everything they can to keep Crohn’s disease symptoms from coming back. Our experts can perform minimally invasive rectal surgeries to not only treat the condition but give you a shorter hospital stay and minimal healing time as well. We understand that Crohn’s disease patients are more at risk of developing colorectal cancer, so West Valley Colon & Rectal Surgery Center also offers cancer screenings. Our physicians are experts at detecting and removing tumors to fight the battle against this silent disease.
If medication and lifestyle changes are not adequately treating your condition, give our office a call. Any of our qualified physicians will be more than happy to speak to you in confidence about your condition and what you can expect from surgery.
If you have any questions or wish to make an appointment, please call our office at (623) 875-7330. Thank you again for visiting our weekly blog. In future weeks, you can expect patient education, colon, and rectal educational information, and lifestyle blogs, so check back soon!
The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.